Vietnam arrests blogger in latest crackdown on dissent
Vietnamese police have arrested blogger Ho Van Hai on charges of posting anti-state comments in the communist country’s latest crackdown on dissent.

Imprisoned Turkish writer sends plea for Europe’s support
More than two months after her arrest, Turkish writer Asli Erdogan has called for the “full solidarity and support” of Europe in protecting democracy in Turkey.

Arrested Japanese journalist was interpreter for ISIS: Kurdish official
The Kurdish government in Erbil said on Thursday that Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka was arrested in the Kurdistan Region this week on an arrest warrant from judicial authorities, and that he has admitted working for ISIS and traveling to the group’s capital Raqqa in Syria.

Should calling for ‘Fewer Moroccans’ be considered hate speech?
In March 2014, during a rally in The Hague, Geert Wilders asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, where Dutch Moroccans constitute 2 percent of the population. Wilders is facing charges of deliberately insulting a group of people based on their race and inciting discrimination and hatred against them.


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